Because Songs Matter

Posts by Rune Letrud

DAVID MAYFIELD – STRANGERS

DAVID MAYFIELD – STRANGERS

David Mayfields previous album Good Man Down hit me like a cannonball in the guts. Being one of last years top 5 albums in my book, I played it numerous times the year it came out, and it’s still on heavy rotation. So how do you follow one of the best albums ever released? David […]

ISRAEL NASH – RAIN PLANS

ISRAEL NASH – RAIN PLANS

I take full responsibility for not bringing Israel Nash to your attention before this moment in time. For that I am truly sorry. I plan to rectify this through this post. We Scandinavians have been lucky enough to enjoy his music over the last few years, as he early got a strong foothold in Sweden, […]

JOHN MURRY – THE GRACELESS AGE

JOHN MURRY – THE GRACELESS AGE

I cannot believe I never wrote about this album last year. If there’s any kind of explanation for it, it must be that I plainly forgot – as this was released in Europe in 2012, and I had long since worked through it when it got it’s US-release in 2013. Well then, much have been […]

HITLESS WONDER – A LIFE IN MINOR LEAGUE ROCK AND ROLL

HITLESS WONDER – A LIFE IN MINOR LEAGUE ROCK AND ROLL

Who among us hasn’t played in a band? Or had friends who played in a band, with us cheering them on. And anyone who’s ever played in a band, writing their own songs – had a wish to make it big. Even if we never would admit it publicly, anyone who’s ever played in a […]

ROBERT MOSES & THE HARMONY CRUSADERS – SELF DEVELOPING COUNTRY

ROBERT MOSES & THE HARMONY CRUSADERS – SELF DEVELOPING COUNTRY

Norways population consists of about 5 million people. Our largest city, which is also our capital is Oslo – where aproximately 640.000 people live. In the 1800s over 800.000 Norwegians emigrated to the USA. Minnesota, Dakota, Iowa and other parts of the midwest still have a strong Norwegian ancestry (just look at the Coen brothers’ […]

THE FAR WEST – ANY DAY NOW

THE FAR WEST – ANY DAY NOW

That feeling when you discover a new band for the first time, falls in love with their sound and songs, and actually spend time fearing the fact that they’ll go their separate ways before they fulfil their obvious potential. That feeling is a huge part of the reason why we spend our free time listening […]

ROD PICOTT – HANG YOUR HOPES ON A CROOKED NAIL

ROD PICOTT – HANG YOUR HOPES ON A CROOKED NAIL

“You can’t hide when they all know your name” Rod Picott sings in “Where No One Knows My Name”, the pivotal song on his new album Hang Your Hopes On Crooked Nail. It’s his ninth album, and after spending a lot of time with his old albums last fall, I think it’s his best to […]

THE COAL MEN – ESCALATOR

THE COAL MEN – ESCALATOR

Escalator has turned out to be a catchy collection of real American rock. Singer and main songwriter Dave Coleman adds enough catchy guitarplaying to this album to ensure it sticks in your head after a song finishes. Combined with really good lyrics and melodies that nestles perfectly in your ear, The Coal Men has gathered […]

DREW KENNEDY – WIDE LISTENER

DREW KENNEDY – WIDE LISTENER

Back in October of 2012 I wrote about a book and an album that had caught my attention, called “Fresh Water In The Salton Sea”. Since then I’ve read said book several times, and lent it out to a good number of people who have all really enjoyed Drew Kennedys stories from the road. When […]

MANDO SAENZ – STUDEBAKER

MANDO SAENZ – STUDEBAKER

Break Away Speed, co-written with Kim Richey and presented as one hell of a duet kicks of this album. And from there on Mando Saenz just keeps on delivering and kicking ass. He writes honest songs about the stuff he’s seen, and as his press-kit says “Mando Saenz has made a career out of watching […]